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Soneva Jani - Maldives Most Luxurious Resort

Located on Medhufaru Island in the stunning Maldives, Soneva Jani is a luxurious resort offering unparalleled beauty and tranquility. This exquisite destination, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, provides an idyllic escape for travelers seeking the ultimate in relaxation and adventure. With a variety of lavish accommodations and activities to choose from, Soneva Jani promises an unforgettable experience in one of the world's most breathtaking locations.

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Where is Soneva Jani?

Soneva Jani is located in the Maldives, specifically on Medhufaru Island, a smaller island off the coast of Manadhoo Island. Medhufaru Island spans about 150 acres in size. The Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean, south of India, and comprises over 1,000 islands, one of which is the beautiful Soneva Jani. This resort is one of five private islands in an archipelago, with the other four islands remaining untouched.

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Male to Soneva Jani - How to get to the island

There are two main ways to arrive at Soneva Jani: by seaplane from Velana International Airport in Malé or by flying directly to Maafaru International Airport in the Noonu Atoll. Upon arrival at Velana International Airport, guests are greeted by a Soneva Representative for local transfers. The seaplane option from Malé is a 45-minute private flight to Soneva Jani. You can choose between a private Soneva seaplane or a Manta Air seaplane, with the latter carrying more passengers and possibly stopping en-route.

Alternatively, if you arrive at Maafaru International Airport, a Personal Guardian will assist with immigration and customs. A complimentary private speedboat service is available between Maafaru Airport and Soneva Jani, with a transfer time of 15 minutes. If you use the Manta Air seaplane instead of the Soneva seaplane, the resort offers a credit of USD 150 NET per person per voyage during peak season and USD 100 NET per person per voyage during the shoulder season. This credit can be redeemed against food, beverages, experiences, and Soneva Soul treatments, excluding third parties and retail outlets. It is recommended to fly into Malé first as it is likely the only direct airport for international flights.

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Things to do at Soneva Jani

At Soneva Jani, guests can enjoy a range of non-motorized and motorized water sports, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and even using an eSurf, a motorized surfboard. Private tennis lessons are also available. Guests can take a boat ride with a private chef around the islands for snorkeling and relaxation, with options for 6-hour or 4-hour rides.

Other activities include stargazing at the resort’s observatory, watching a movie on a platform in the water, and taking a 75-minute boat ride on a traditional Dhoni boat made of coconut palm timber. Guests can also have a picnic on one of the resort’s small private islands, enjoy a sunset dolphin cruise, and dine on a dinner cruise. The Soneva Spa offers a relaxing experience with stunning views. Dining options are abundant, including unique experiences such as a floating breakfast in your private pool, dinner on the beach, and dinner on a small wooden dock extending into the ocean.

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When should you visit Soneva Jani?

The best time to visit Soneva Jani is during the dry season, from November to April, when the weather is ideal with clear skies and sunshine. The wet season, also known as the monsoon season, runs from May to October, bringing less predictable weather with a mix of sunshine and rain, and occasional storms. Regardless of the season, the average temperature remains around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), with cooler days averaging 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).

Ocean temperatures are relatively constant, staying around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). If you plan to go diving, you can do so year-round, but the wet season offers the best chance to see manta rays and other marine life. Due to its location, Soneva Jani is an excellent vacation spot any time of the year, although prices will vary between the dry and wet seasons.

How much does Soneva Jani cost?

Booking through the Soneva Jani website offers various packages to help you save on your stay. Prices vary depending on when you plan to visit the Maldives. Year-round prices rarely drop below $2,000, even during the low season. During peak season, expect to pay at least $3,000 for your villa. The peak season for the Maldives is between December and April.

Every room at this resort epitomizes luxury, with the “cheapest” option being a private 4,400-square-foot overwater villa suitable for four guests.

Most villas are overwater bungalows, but there is an on-land villa option featuring two bedrooms, nearly 5,000 square feet of space, a private pool, and accommodation for six guests, priced at least $4,000 a night. Different overwater bungalows offer various amenities, with some including a private pool. The mega villa can host ten guests and spans over 15,000 square feet, costing at least $20,000 per night. Common amenities in every villa include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, ocean views, and a slide into the ocean or a private pool.

(All information current as of June 2024)

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Should you visit Soneva Jani?

Soneva Jani is undoubtedly a bucket-list destination worth visiting. It epitomizes luxury, offering various room options and activities to customize your vacation to your liking. The Maldives is one of the most stunning locations globally, and Soneva Jani ranks as one of the best accommodations available. The resort ensures that your stay is memorable, with their exceptional villas providing an unparalleled experience. You will not regret choosing Soneva Jani for your next vacation.

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